Recently-appointed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has tipped Callum Hudson-Odoi to have a similar impact in west London to that of Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.
The talented teen has emerged as one of the most exciting products to come out of the Cobham academy in recent seasons.
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- Hudson-Odoi mustered 24 appearances across all competitions last season.
- His attacking exploits have seen the Blues reject multiple offers for the starlet from Bayern Munich.
- The 18-year-old picked up his first two England caps earlier this year.
- He ruptured his Achilles tendon in April and was immediately ruled out for six months after undergoing surgery.
- But he is expected back in September and Lampard has now tipped him to have a ‘Sancho style’ impact at Chelsea.
Such is the England international’s promise, Bayern Munich have seen numerous advances rebuffed by Chelsea, with the winger expected to play an integral role for Lampard next term.
The Blues are currently locked in a two-window transfer ban so the new manager will have to work with the tools already at the club, and he has backed his fledgling forward to replicate the talismanic performances of Sancho in the Bundesliga.
Speaking to reporters, Lampard said: “I believe Callum has all the attributes to play and make similar statements on the world scene as we are seeing with [Jadon] Sancho and other great players around the world, and that will be when I speak to him what I will tell him he can do at Chelsea.”
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Hudson-Odoi set for new deal
Despite interest resurfacing from Bavaria, links between Hudson-Odoi and Bayern Munich may be about to end as Chelsea are currently negotiating the renewal of their talented forward’s present deal.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek signed a new five-year contract recently, and it is believed Hudson-Odoi could be handed a similar long-term deal, which Lampard is keen to seen come to fruition.
He said: “I have seen Callum come through and he is a fantastic talent. We all know that and I will speak to him and I want him to stay.
“I know the club want him to stay and for me, he is going to be central for us on the pitch and that is the opportunity that is really in front of him now, certainly from where I am sitting. So that is something I will speak to him about and I hope he stays.
“I know what a player he is and I think he can be an incredible player and he has improvement to make and I want to work with him to do it, but for that he needs to stay longer at the club.
“That of course goes to a decision between him and the club and I am not involved in the financial negotiations, but I can certainly tell him how I see it and I see him being a huge player for us.”